Degree Requirements

B.A. Degree
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Minimum Requirements for Degree: 123 – 124 credits
The journalism program offers a solid curriculum designed to prepare students to leave the classroom and be ready to take their places in the nation’s newsrooms.

In addition to the solid academic background they receive in the classroom, students get practical experience by working with media on and off campus. On campus, these include public television and public radio stations, a student-owned FM station and the campus newspaper. Off campus, students have opportunities to intern with a variety of radio and television stations, newspapers and other mediarelated businesses and organizations, both in and out of Alaska.

The department runs several laboratory facilities including a news writing/digital photography lab, a multimedia lab, a digital audio production lab, a digital video editing lab, two photography labs and a photography studio, and an electronic newsroom. The department is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Major — B.A. Degree
Concentrations: Broadcast Journalism, New Media, News-Editorial,
Photojournalism
1. Complete the general university requirements (page 131).
2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements. (See page 135. As part of
the B.A. degree requirements, complete HIST F132*.)
3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
JRN F101—Introduction to Mass Communications..................3
JRN F202—News Reporting and Writing...................................3
JRN F400—Professional Media Internship................................3
JRN F413—Mass Media Law and Regulation.............................3
JRN F421—Journalism in Perspective........................................3
JRN F490—Online Publication: “Extreme Alaska”....................3
4. Complete credits outside of journalism**................................80
5. Complete one of the following concentrations:*
Broadcast Journalism
a. Complete the following:
JRN F215—Radio Production....................................................3
JRN F251—Television Production..............................................4
JRN F452W—Radio and Television News Writing....................3
JRN F453O—Television News Reporting...................................3
b. Complete two courses from the list of approved journalism
electives.
c. Minimum credits required......................................................124
New Media
a. Complete the following:
JRN F250—Website Design........................................................3
JRN F323—Editing for Journalists.............................................3
JRN F390—New Media Toolkit..................................................3
JRN F484—Multimedia Theory and Practice.............................3
b. Complete two courses from the list of approved journalism
electives.***
c. Minimum credits required......................................................123
News-Editorial
a. Complete the following:
JRN F311—Magazine Article Writing........................................3
JRN F323—Editing for Journalists.............................................3
JRN F401—Beat Reporting (or another beat course as
approved by advisor)..................................................................3
JRN F444W—Investigative Reporting........................................3
b. Complete two courses from the list of approved journalism
electives.
c. Minimum credits required......................................................123
Photojournalism
a. Complete the following:
JRN F203—Basic Photography...................................................3
JRN F404—Photojournalism I...................................................3
JRN F406—Photojournalism II..................................................3
JRN F407—Inkjet Printing.........................................................3
b. Complete two courses from the list of approved journalism
electives.
c. Minimum credits required......................................................123
Approved journalism electives:*
JRN F203—Basic Photography...................................................3
JRN F215—Radio Production....................................................3
JRN F220—Adobe Photoshop....................................................3
JRN F240—Foreign Corresponding...........................................3
JRN F250—Website Design........................................................3
JRN F251—Television Production..............................................4
JRN F280—Video Storytelling....................................................3
JRN F311W—Magazine Article Writing.....................................3
JRN F323—Editing for Journalists.............................................3
JRN F324—Typography and Publication Design.......................3
JRN/THR/FLM F347O—Lighting Design...................................3
JRN/WMS F380O—Women, Minorities and the Mass Media....3
JRN F390—New Media Toolkit..................................................3
JRN F401—Beat Reporting.........................................................3
JRN F402—Advanced Photography...........................................3
JRN F404—Photojournalism I...................................................3
JRN F405—Advanced Photography Seminar.............................3
JRN F406—Photojournalism II..................................................3
JRN F407—Inkjet Printing.........................................................3
JRN F411W—Writing for a Living.............................................3
JRN F440—Ethics and Reporting in the Far North...................3
JRN F444W—Investigative Reporting........................................3
JRN F452—Radio and Television News Writing........................3
JRN F453O—Television News Reporting...................................3
JRN F454—Advanced TV News Production..............................3
JRN F456W—Science Writing for Magazines and
Newspapers.................................................................................3
JRN F480—Documentary Filmmaking......................................3
JRN/ART F484—Multimedia Theory and Practice.....................3
JRN F493—Special Topics..........................................................3
JRN F497—Independent Study..................................................3
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course in the major requirements and any course offered through the Department of Journalism .
** To assure the journalist a broad liberal arts education, 80 credits must be outside of journalism, 65 of which should be from traditional liberal arts courses offered by any of these departments: AKNP, ALST, ANL, ANS, ANTH, ART, ASLG, ATM, BIOL, CHEM, COMM, ECON, ENGL, ENVE, ESK, FISH, FL, FREN, FSN, GEOG, GEOS, GER, HIST, HONR, HUM, JPN, JUST, LING, LS, MATH, MSL, MUS, NORS, NRM, PHIL, PHYS, PS, PSY, RUSS, SOC, SPAN, STAT, THR, WMS.
*** Either JRN F471O or F472O may be used as approved JRN electives in the New Media concentration.
Note: In order to earn a B.A. degree in journalism, at least 39 credits must be taken in upper-division (F300-level or higher) courses.

Minor*
1. Complete the following:
JRN F101—Introduction to Mass Communications..................3
JRN F202—News Reporting and Writing...................................3
Approved JRN electives..............................................................9
2. Minimum credits required........................................................15
* Student must earn a C grade or better in all department courses used to

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